Friday, May 25, 2018

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley has had cross words for Bellator MMA, but that appears to be at an end. During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, the welterweight said he would meet with president Scott Coker while the promotion is in London for Bellator 200. One of the topics of discussion is a fight vs. Michael ‘Venom’ Page, who fights David Rickels in the co-main event.

“That’s a fight that’s going to be made, definitely,” said Daley, as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “That’ll probably be one of the main points that me and Scott talk about. [Venom] says he doesn’t want to fight because I’ve done him a favor and let the fight grow, and allow him to make more money than he’s probably ever made. He says he doesn’t want to fight me now, but I think when we hash this deal out with Scott Coker, that the fight will be made and ‘MVP’ will get an ass-whooping.

“He’ll probably do very well this weekend against the 155er, predominantly wrestler that they’ve given him to allow him to look good, as they’ve done with all of his fights, in fact. But when he does eventually step in there with me, the first genuine test of his career, he will get switched off within the first round, I’m pretty sure of that. If he can’t beat a fat, tubby Gonzalez — he got a split decision against him — then he’s got no chance against me.”

Venom and Semtex have been feuding for years, but Page recently said he wasn’t interested in the fight at present.

“He doesn’t know how to conduct himself in business. He doesn’t even realize that he’s been given his career,” said Daley. “He’s been given his career, he’s been given fights, and he hasn’t fought anybody. So obviously his self-belief is going to be at an all-time high, but he cannot walk in my shoes on any given day. He’s not made of the same s*** that I’m made of, so when we get in the cage, his whole world is going to unravel. He’s probably going to be crying at the end of the fight, I’ll say that.

“So hopefully we’ll make the fight, we get to see ‘MVP’ in tears, I get to run home with a bunch of money, and my fans are all happy.”

“It’s going to happen,” Daley said. “If it doesn’t happen, it’s not on my behalf. Me and my team, me and Ali [Abdel-Aziz, manager] now, Dominance MMA Management, we’re ready to make the fight. And like I said, I’m meeting with Scott on Friday. I’m going to be cageside on Friday to see Mike, to see him win. I’m pretty sure, he should win, he should beat a guy like Rickels. He should do it pretty easily as well. I’m interested to see the fight and then hopefully we can get the contract signed and we can have a big date announced.”